The Soothing Presence of Strangers is an audio meditation on loneliness, usefulness, and the place a bus route can have in our lives.
Created by Rhiannon Armstrong, from September you will be able to download this unique experience from the Geotourist Audio Tours app, take a seat on a local bus with your headphones in, and listen while the app uses your exact location so that you experience the route in synch.
Rhiannon has had a soft spot for local buses since she was a child crossing the city on her way home from school, and Robert – the driver of the number 66 – decided to befriend her.
Later, as an adult living in Walthamstow and isolated by illness, she learned once again how to lean on strangers.
This year she will spend two weeks hanging out on local buses in Walthamstow (where she lived and worked for six years), talking to the people she meets. The resulting work will be an audio tour incorporating field recordings, music, and narrative.
Check back here in September for a link to download the self-guided tour.
The Soothing Presence of Strangers is part of Waltham Forest Tours, a travel agency with a difference. Visit the Waltham Forest Tours section for more events.